St George Illawarra have today unveiled their 2019 Indigenous jersey which will be worn in the Dragons' Round 11 clash against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Sunday, May 26.
The Dragons indigenous jersey will again feature a combination of designs from three local artists: Lani Balzan, Keiran Campbell and Koori Minto.
Their designs were selected by a player panel which included Indigenous players Josh Kerr, Tristan Sailor and Jai Field as well as non-indigenous players Euan Aitken and Cameron McInnes.
The front of the jersey – designed by local artist Lani Balzan – includes a whale (Birri Birri) which symbolises the Dharawal nation, the land on which St George Illawarra play their home games.
The different gathering symbols surrounding the whale, represents the bringing together of a harmonious community, including Dragons members, fans and players.
The four red dots above the Red V signify the four Indigenous players currently in the Dragons' NRL squad (Josh Kerr, Jai Field, Jonus Pearson and Tristan Sailor).
Young local artists Keiran Campbell and Koori Minto's design is featured on the back of the jersey.
Their design highlights the special relationship and respect local aboriginals have with the sea, highlighting the significance of the sea creatures which have provided local Aboriginal People a food source for thousands of generations.
"It was very special to help pick the design for the Dragons' Indigenous jersey. It's great to be able to express and showcase our culture in such a way like this, in front of so many people," Dragons Indigenous player representative Josh Kerr said.
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